Menckens Ghost

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Is Trump a psychopath?

The twenty characteristics are below my signature.

When properly completed by a qualified professional, the PCL-R provides a total score that indicates how closely the test subject matches the "perfect" score that a classic or prototypical psychopath would rate. Each of the twenty items is given a score of 0, 1, or 2 based on how well it applies to the subject being tested. A prototypical psychopath would receive a maximum score of 40, while someone with absolutely no psychopathic traits or tendencies would receive a score of zero. A score of 30 or above qualifies a person for a diagnosis of psychopathy.

I come up with a score of 30 for Trump.  Granted, I'm not a qualified professional, but I am an American distressed over a Republican candidate with too many psychopathic tendencies and a Democrat candidate who is a pathological liar, a scoundrel, a crook, and an unreformed 1960s leftist.  Fortunately, LIbertarian candidate Gary Johnson seems like an ethical, mentally-balanced person by comparison.   And to top it off, he's not a socialist, mercantilist, corporatist, imperialist, autocrat, or race monger.

Mencken's Ghost

The twenty traits assessed by the PCL-R score are:

glib and superficial charm

grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self

need for stimulation

pathological lying

cunning and manipulativeness

lack of remorse or guilt

shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)

callousness and lack of empathy

parasitic lifestyle

poor behavioral controls

sexual promiscuity

early behavior problems

lack of realistic long-term goals



failure to accept responsibility for own actions

many short-term marital relationships

juvenile delinquency

revocation of conditional release

criminal versatility

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